Tim L. Kuenning, age 71
of rural New Bremen, passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2023 at the St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. He was born on July 12, 1951 in Celina, Ohio, the son of the late Stanley A. and Dona Mae M. (Speckman) Kuenning. On May 1, 1971, he married the love of his life, Marilyn Wiss and she survives in New Bremen. Together they had two sons, Mack (Jill) Kuenning of St. Marys and Luke (Amanda) Kuenning of New Bremen; his grandchildren Nolan, Kole, Reese, Halle, and Reid. Also left to cherish his memory are his sisters-in-law Rosemary Wiss of Minster and Linda Kuenning of New Bremen, a brother-in-law Tom Wiss of St. Marys and several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Tim was preceded in death by his brother Scott Kuenning, his mother and father in-law Leo and Eleanor Wiss, and a brother-in-law George Wiss.
Tim was a 1969 graduate of New Bremen High School and attended The Ohio State University before joining the United States Army Reserve in 1970. He proudly served for 8 years with the engineering division. He was a member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen. In his younger life, Tim was part-owner of Western Ohio Hardware where he worked in the family business. He then was employed by the Village of Minster Electrical Department as a lineman until his retirement. Tim was a chainsaw sculptor extraordinaire and was noted for saying, “I see something in the wood and just cut away everything that’s not supposed to be there”. He traveled across the United States for the Poulan, Jonsered, and Husqvarna companies. Tim was known for his kindness and willingness to donate his sculptures and time to many charitable causes throughout the local communities. He served as Grand-marshal of the 2002 Bremenfest for giving back to the community. He was a member of the New Bremen American Legion, NB Rod & Gun Club, Home Benefit Association, and President of the Auglaize County PERI Association. Tim was a member of the Mad River Mtn. Ski patrol for 25 years. In his spare time, Tim enjoyed taking motorcycle trips with Marilyn; hunting, fishing, and trapping; working on his motorcycles and his 1934 hot rod. He was an accomplished pilot who flew for enjoyment, family vacations, and business. Tim was very much a family man and was especially proud of his grandchildren and enjoyed watching them participate in their various activities. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, generosity to others, and ability to make people laugh with his quick wit.
A Funeral Mass to celebrate Tim’s life will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 10:30 A.M. at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen with Rev. Fr. Mark Hoying and Deacon Mr. Greg Bornhorst officiating. Calling Hours will be held on Friday, May 12, 2023 from 3:00 until 7:00 P.M. at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen, and again on Saturday morning, one hour prior to the services at the church. Memorial contributions in Tim’s memory can be made to the New Bremen Fire Department (214 N. Washington Street, New Bremen, Ohio 45869). Memories and condolences can be shared with the family on the funeral home website: www.gilberghartwigfh.com.
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Roger and Cheryl Barlage saysMay 9, 2023 at 12:11 pm
Our sympathy to your family. Sending 🙏and hugs.
Michael Herbst saysMay 9, 2023 at 3:03 pm
Marilyn….I was so saddened to hear of Tim’s Passing…We had so many great times growing up together.. Memories that I will cherish forever… He was a great friend… My Sympathy to your entire Family…
Alice Hartwig saysMay 9, 2023 at 5:34 pm
We have 3 of Tim’s wood carvings of which one was carved especially for Duane. It is of a squirrel on a tree stump that is coming with me to Oterbein. It is special! My deepest sympathy to you, Marilyn and your family. Tim was a special person.
Ron and Michelle Sudman saysMay 9, 2023 at 6:22 pm
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I met Tim during his time working for the St. Marys Township as a Road & Bridge Supervisor. Tim always had a story to tell. Tim will truly be missed. Again, my condolences to you Marilyn and family.
Dean and Kate Hartwig saysMay 9, 2023 at 10:47 pm
Marilyn, Love and support to you and your family! May your hearts find peace in remembering his laughter and gentle spirit. Our deepest condolences to all who knew and loved him!
Lee and Rita Wissman saysMay 10, 2023 at 10:18 am
Marilyn, we are saddened to learn of Tim’s passing. He was a special person and we always enjoyed talking to him about his adventures, his carvings and his family. We have fond memories of both of you. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lee & Linda Dicke saysMay 10, 2023 at 12:17 pm
Marilyn & family,
Our deepest condolences to you and your family! May your memories make you smile and give you comfort. Hugs and prayers to all who loved Tim. ❤️✝️🙏🏻❤️✝️🙏🏻
Lee & Linda Dicke saysMay 10, 2023 at 12:19 pm
Marilyn & family,
Our deepest condolences to you and your family! May your memories make you smile and give you comfort. Hugs and prayers to all who loved Tim. ❤️✝️🙏🏻
Anna and John Garman saysMay 10, 2023 at 3:10 pm
My sympathy to you Marilyn and the family. His wood carving are spectacular. He always smiling. May he rest in peace. 🙏🙏🙏
Barbara Tostrick saysMay 10, 2023 at 4:13 pm
Marilyn sorry to hear of Tims passing hugs and wishes for your family in this time of grief.
Susan McCullough Whitaker saysMay 10, 2023 at 6:59 pm
To Marilyn & family
Heartfelt sympathies to you all. Hold tight to his love which will always be with you.
Marilyn Sommer saysMay 10, 2023 at 8:38 pm
My sincere sympathy to you Marilyn, and all the family. May you find comfort in remembering the good times spent together.
Dan and Linda Smith saysMay 11, 2023 at 9:06 pm
Our deepest condolences due to the passing of Tim. We are sending our heartfelt prayers for healing for the family.
Cliff and Connie Rempfer saysMay 13, 2023 at 7:16 am
Dear Marilyn and family. We send our deepest sympathy. May all your cherished memories give you strength through this difficult time.
Sue Kramer saysMay 13, 2023 at 7:42 am
So sorry for your loss. Good memories of Tim when he worked with my dad a long time ago at Lock Two Mills. Dad thought the world of him. I think they had a lot of fun together! Thoughts & prayers for you today.
Paula Marsh saysMay 13, 2023 at 12:02 pm
A page has turned, a new chapter has begun. In your book of life, things will be different now. Your strength and independance will carry you through. Lean on your family, as they will lean on you. Share your thoughts and grief and theirs with you. Even if it’s just crying together. You will all grow stronger together. You, my friend, will find a way to carry on, with new adventures that cross your path. Think of it as a bend in the road, one that doesn’t let you see too far ahead. But that’s ok, for now, just grieve.
Jim Scheer saysMay 19, 2023 at 8:19 pm
He was always friendly and interesting to talk to. Admired his chain saw carving abilities.
Condolences and prayers to his family. Jim Scheer
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